Go Set a Watchman: A Novel by Harper LeeGo Set a Watchman: A Novel by Harper Lee

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel

byHarper Lee

Paperback | May 3, 2016

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

Go Set a Watchman is such an important book, perhaps the most important novel on race to come out of the white South in decades…
   — New York Times (Opinion Pages)

A landmark novel by Harper Lee, set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of the late Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.

Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama. She was educated at Huntington College, the University of Alabama, and Oxford University. She won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for To Kill a Mockingbird. The book was adapted as a feature film in 1962 and a London stage play in 1987. Her second book, Go Set a W...
Title:Go Set a Watchman: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Let down Honestly this was a major disappointment. No where near as good as it was advertised. First of all it was written in third person where "To Kill a Mockingbird" was in first, which made it seem like a different story all together. Also I find Scout was nothing like the character she was in the original. Maybe it was just the high bar Harper Lee's first book set.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Decent read; unfortunately, nowhere near as good as its predecessor
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great I enjoyed the book as a light read, but it holds nothing to to kill a mockingbird. It felt almost more like fan fiction than a true sequel to such an amazing and iconic first novel. I was a little disappointed overall, but am glad I read it anyways.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from worth the read not horrible but not a standout story
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Should never have been published The story is awful and tarnishes the legacy of Ms. Lee and of "To Kill a Mockingbird". The writing is sub par and I am glad I did not spend money on this book. The characters are awful and I definitely didn't enjoy the story.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay.... I found this book no where near as good as "To Kill a Mockingbird". Read it more out of curiosity and found it okay. I would recommend reading it for continuity for the first book .
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from it was alright. a decent story; not as good as To Kill a Mockingbird.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgia is Not a Great Friend Not for the thin-skinned or sentimental.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed the Story I was disappointed as this book does not compare To Kill a Mocking Bird; but I did enjoy the read.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fresh perspective I enjoyed this book. It may be dry and it may drag on for some people. The whole idea of it is completely different, but what you need to remember is that it is not a "part two" to "To Kill a Mockingbird". It is just a glimpse of the changes - or lack there of - of a family, a town, a way of life. Again, I enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointingly Different I absolutely love To Kill a Mockingbird and I was excited to read this book because it was going to be seen through an adult Scout's perspective. However, this book was very different. I hardly recognized the characters that we all know and love and to be honest I found it difficult to read. It was hard to follow along and by the end of the book I wasn't even sure of what I had just read. It wasn't at all what I had expected it to be.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from unable to finish I had difficulty reading this book. I purchased it because of the publicity, but found the story to be a let-down.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as TKAMB I did enjoy reading this but it being the first draft of what would become TKAMB I get it. The best parts are when there are flashbacks to childhood that then would be the story of TKAMB. It was neat that they published this but still cant be the original classic!!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Massive Step Down To Kill a Mocking Bird is one of my all time favorite books so I had high hopes for this. I'm sorry to say that I was very disappointed. The story line was dull and difficult to follow. It was all I could do to keep reading in the hopes that it would get better but eventually I just gave up and stopped reading. Don't buy this book.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still love! Was not as great as To Kill a Mockingbird, but still a wonderful book! However, Atticus breaks my heart in this one. Don't expect it to be as great as the first, but still a must-read if you liked TKAM.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great gift! Bought this for a friend and she loved it! Would recommend purchasing any Harper Lee fans a collection of Lee's books!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I didn't actually even finish this book unfortunately... I was so excited for it after To Kill a Mockingbird, which I love, but this one fell short and wasn't at all what I was expecting.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Oh how disappointing I actually wish I had never read this book. It tarnishes the magnificent To Kill a Mockingbird.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing If you hold the original To Kill a Mockingbird near and dear to your heart, don't read this.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! Like the first book, it gets a bit hard to read and you have to stay a bit dedicated but it is worth it like to kill a mockingbird. The book takes place later in life when Scout is grown up and it is wonderful to see how little she has changed personality wise.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Follow Up This book is really interesting. As it turns out, it was written before TKAMB.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from kind of a let down I found this book to be a disappointment. After reading to kill a mocking bird you think Atticus Finch is an all around good guy. In this book the actual ignorance and racism shines through. While I understand it is of a different time. It was still sad to see.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad but not great I enjoyed the book but was not a strong follow-up to the original. It seemed a little contrived and nostalgic than actual material. But if you enjoyed the first one you will also enjoy this.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Worthy Sequel Although my heart was almost broken in ways I can't explain after reading it, the book was interesting to read. I think there was a lot of random character development compared to where everyone ended in "To Kill a Mockingbird" without much explanation of what happened to characters to change them over the time between the books. The story kept me interested all the way through regardless!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent Read I bought this book in November and although I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book, To Kill A Mockingbird, it's still pretty good. It's worth a read even if you don't want it as part of a collection.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from gr8 book rlly good extension of tkam
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking For some strange, inexplicable reason that a lot of people have explained very well in their reviews, this book made me sob and has left me feeling heartbrokenly bereft.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay This is a really good continuation of TKAM, with Scout as a grown up who kept her childhood characteristics, though it feels weird to see her being addressed as Jean Louise. We see some of the old characters that we know (Atticus, Aunt Alexandra) as well as being introduced to new ones (Henry "Hank"). However, I was not ready to find out about the sudden character change in Atticus as well as Jem's position within the story. However, this book is filled with numerous flashbacks that will keep the readers entertained.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the book she should have published Like TKAM it's a coming of age story, but written from the point of view of an adult. I liked this better because it gives a much more balanced view of Her father and how people had to delicately navigate through life in the South during the years of the Jim Crow laws prior to the civil rights movement. People are not stereo types, and now having read both novels I feel that TKAM is a sanitized and safe version of the serious values Lee was trying to make. I also think the film version has coloured (no pun intended) our view of the south and manipulated our egotistic self serving sense of righteousness towards the civil rights movement. the best character in the novel, and the voice of truth is reall her uncle. Put away your preconceived notions and carefully read this book.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Read. Read this book in a week. It's a slow burner and not much really happens from beginning to end but well worth the read to see what Scout Finch is doing after she moves to the Big Apple. Also worth while if you've read To Kill a Mockingbird.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a read for TKAM lovers Listened to the first half on audiobook, which was narrated by Reese Witherspoon. I would highly recommend this, although I am a fan of hers already. I felt disconnected with the story once I turned to book. Of course it was no TKAM, but I am not as offended as some people are. If this was written before, it is so interesting to see her process. The main storyline was just meh, but I just love loved scout's flashbacks. They gave us a glimpse of Jem and Scout's lives after TKAM, and it was told with a lot of the same charm.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Great price right now but it is one of Harper Lee's novels I did not like as much.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little disappointing I didn't hate it, but it was not nearly as good as To Kill a Mockingbird. The most disappointing part for me was Atticus.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing Like many, I love To Kill a Mockingbird, and I didn't really like Go Set a Watchman. Characters in this seem fundamentally different from how they were in Mockingbird, and it almost makes me appreciate Mockingbird less if this is supposedly what they went on to be.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I definitely enjoyed reading Go Set a Watchman. It had homour, and shone a new light on the characters you grew to love in To Kill a Mockingbird. I would say that it is well written, but not quite as well done as To Kill A Mockingbird, still a very good read though
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I definitely enjoyed reading Go Set a Watchman. It had homour, and shone a new light on the characters you grew to love in To Kill a Mockingbird. I would say that it is well written, but not quite as well done as To Kill A Mockingbird, still a very good read though
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mostly Terrible I've read to Kill a Mockingbird multiple times and completely love the book, so I didn't expect this novel to top the original but I also didn't expect it to be this terrible either. Plot threads from the original book are dropped or just brushed off, characters have straight up different personalities, and the quality of writing is awful. After some research it seems this book isn't a sequel so much as it is Harper Lee's original draft of the first book. Apparently her editor hated it and she went back, started from scratch, and came up with To Kill a Mockingbird. Which makes so much sense as aspects of this book do not line up with the first. I could barely finish it. You're better off not touching it and enjoying To Kill a Mockingbird again.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not As Good As I Was Expecting Reading this novel immediately after “To Kill a Mockingbird” was disappointing. Gone is the beautiful prose and imagery of Lee’s first novel. Although the same characters appear in both books, this definitely does not feel like a sequel. The inconsistencies and what felt like a lack of editing drove me to distraction and I had a difficult time finishing it. Definitely best to go into this book without any preconceived ideas of what it will be like.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthwhile squeal... To Kill a Mockingbird was a favourite of mine, so I was weary of this book. However, I am so glad that I read it. I think it is a worthwhile squeal.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected While this book does not compare to To Kill a mockingbird. Its still a great read.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good book Theres no doubt of Harper Lees writing skills. I loved this book, almost as much as To kill a Mocking bird.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't top her first I enjoyed reading To Kill A Mockingbird. I did not expect and do not think this book tops it, but this book was still a good read. I would recommend it to everyone who liked her first book.
Date published: 2016-11-09

Editorial Reviews

“[Go Set a Watchman is] filled with the evocative language, realistic dialogue and sense of place that partially explains what made Mockingbird so beloved.”